HC Deb 18 October 1994 vol 248 c196W
Mr. William O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on measures that his Department is taking to offer job opportunities to those areas where there have been mining closures.

Mr. Paice

The Department has made available £75 million and introduced a range of employment measures to help people in areas affected by pit closures. Over 40,000 people have been helped by the Employment Service and over 12,000 have started on special training and enterprise council programmes.